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A World of Standards$
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Nils Brunsson and Bengt Jacobsson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256952.001.0001

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The Pros and Cons of Standardization — An Epilogue

The Pros and Cons of Standardization — An Epilogue

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(p.169) 12 The Pros and Cons of Standardization — An Epilogue
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A World of Standards
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Nils Brunsson (Contributor Webpage)

Bengt Jacobsson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256952.003.0012

There is no lack of standardizers in the world, and there are plenty of people who know what is best for everyone else by invoking their expertise. Some arguments used to support standards are that they represent an effective means of information dissemination, they result in better coordination of activities, lead to simplification, and bring advantages in the form of large-scale production. Many of the objections to standards and standardization are similar to those raised against rules and regulations in general. One criticism is that standards are an unwelcome, unnecessary, and harmful intrusion into a world of free, distinct individuals and organizations who are wise enough to decide for themselves, or into the world of civil society or free markets.

Keywords:   standardization, standards, simplification, large-scale production, coordination, information dissemination, intrusion

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